Irish Beers.

Dublin is a unique city with over 1000 pubs and house door that are so pretty fit to be post card subjects.

Irish in general and Dubliners in particular love their pubs. One could almost say that the pub is a second home, social focal point, for the psyche of Irish.

Since Irish palates are well trained and discerning, poor quality beer can never be on the market for a long time. Either the brand disappears, or the brewery goes bankrupt!

Although Ireland’s population is less than four million, brewing makes a large percentage of the industrial output. Much of the Irish beer is exported to the United Kingdom, but substantial quantities also go to the U.  S. A., Canada and now to European community markets, of which Ireland is a member.

Ireland has a number of breweries, the largest of which is Guinness located close to downtown Dublin. Arthur Guinness started this world famous brewery in 1759, who at the time was 34 years of age, but confidant enough in his business acumen that he leased the land for 9000 years.

After more than two centuries the brewery is still there brewing full tilt in an attempt to quench the considerable thirst of millions of people not only in Ireland but throughout the world. It is true that Guinness stout is brewed under license in England, some African countries and the Caribbean, but this route was chosen in an attempt to supply the freshest beer possible to that part of the world.

Although Guinness has now purchased many other beverage-alcohol companies, the holding company is now called Diageo and each company markets its products as if independently owned.

Stout is a very dark, almost black thick beer with unique taste characteristics. The malt is roasted heavily to render the brew dark, and the resulting product displays coffee aromas, but possesses a refreshing holiness along with a smooth body making it not only palatable but also memorable. Oysters on the half shell and Guinness is an excellent food and beer match!

It is said that somebody somewhere in the world enjoys a Guinness stout every eight seconds. To the best of my knowledge this is a statistic no other beer can match.

But today Guinness also produces Guinness extra stout, Harp Lager, Smithwick’s, Macardle’s and a few other brands under license.

If you are ever in Dublin make it a point to visit the brewery. At the end of the visit you will be treated to two pints of fresh Guinness in their authentic pub.

Another fine Irish brewery, is Dublin brewing   company located in the city literally   a stone’s throw from Guinness across the Liffy that divides the city. Liam McKenna started the brewery in 1996 and brews four fine beers two of which

(Beckett’s Gold and 1798 Revolution) are available in Ontario. Although the brewery is small, it survived the fierce competition and was even able to find a few export markets.

Smithwick’s in Kilkenny is a small brewery which was started in 1710 and has been brewing a quality beer ever since. It enjoys great popularity in Ireland and export markets, particularly in England where pub goers are known to cherish their beer more than anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

Murphy is anther small Irish brewery located in Cork producing a fine stout which has been quite successful both in Ireland and numerous export markets, particularly because it is available in cans.

Beer connoisseurs know well that bottled beer tastes much better than canned. But today many breweries can their beers as it is less expensive to do so, it consumes less space, is less expensive to transport and costs less, but unfortunately canned beer possesses a less invigorating taste and texture. Those who absolutely like their beer prefer a fresh drought and if that is impossible a bottled version will have to do.

Writer – Hrayr Berberoglu – E-mail – Read his books?

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